3 Bullet Friday (2019-11-22)
This is my 3 bullet check-in. I talk about what I’m reading, thinking about, and doing, or not … doing:)
This week I read Bill Browder’s Red Notice, a true story of high finance, murder and one man’s fight for justice.
The Book Blurb
A real-life thriller about an American-born financier in the wild east of Russia. The murder of his principled young attorney, and his dangerous mission to expose the people responsible in the Kremlin.
… A financial caper, a crime thriller, and a political crusade, Red Notice is the story of one man taking on overpowering odds to change the world, and also the story of how, without intending to, he found meaning in his life.
While this book, currently sitting at # 1 in International Business, #4 in Conspiracy Theories, and # 5 in Russian History books on Amazon, four years after it’s release, hardly needs another review I couldn’t help but write one. It’s that good. I couldn’t put it down and didn’t come up for air until I was three-quarters of the way through. Lee Child nails it when he says, it “Reads like a classic thriller, with an everyman hero alone and in danger in a hostile foreign city … but it’s all true.”
Would you invest in Russia? How about if you knew you could make tons of money? Lured by the investment potential, Bill Browder’s goal was to become “the biggest capitalist in Eastern Europe,” (p.27), and he did well. But in the end, he barely escapes with his life, and his friend, Sergei Masnitsky, is not as lucky. The corruption in Russia and the state’s total disregard for the individual is revealed in grim, and haunting detail in this story.
I won’t spoil the plot, but I will share some of my key take-aways:
“It bears mentioning that in Russia there is no respect for the individual and his or her rights. People can be sacrificed for the needs of the state …” (p, 6)
Boris Yeltsin, the first democratically elected leader of Russia planned, “to take the country from communism to capitalism had failed spectacularly. Instead of 150 Russians sharing the spoils of mass privatization, Russia ended up with twenty-two oligarchs owning 39 percent of the economy and everyone else living in poverty.” (p. 87)
“The moral is simple: when it comes to money Russians will gladly–gleefully even–sacrifice their own success to screw their neighbor.” (p.1116)
“Russians always need a way to save face.” (p. 172)
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“Growing old is a privilege.”
I’ve almost finished the first draft of the second 50K book in my Perfect Brew trilogy, A Double Shot of Dead. Like any new mother, I’m very fond of my baby. I’m looking forward to a writing workshop in Parksville on Monday.
Enjoy your weekend.
See you between the lines,